If you are a resident of Douglas County, you’ve probably been watching the Tamarack fire. As the fire burns across Oregon and Washington, the news is filled with updates and information on weather conditions and fuel conditions. Here is what you need to know:
The Tamarack Fire continues to expand into Douglas County, Nevada. This wildfire is about 40,000 acres and 0% contained. There are over 1,200 firefighters working to control the blaze, which has destroyed over 200 structures. The fire is currently west of Highway 395, Leviathan Mine Rd, and Holbrook Junction. The fire is in an area of mixed-fuel, pinyon-juniper, and brush fuel.
On Monday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office declared a state of emergency in Alpine County due to the blaze, which has burned over 23,000 acres and is zero percent contained. Evacuation orders have been issued in the Mesa Vista area, as well as along Blue Lakes Road. Officials in the region have also set up an evacuation shelter at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center. While the fire has forced evacuations, residents can still find information about services and shelters on Douglas County’s Facebook page.
As of today, the fire is 82% contained. Containment and confinement are two different terms for suppression efforts. As of today, there is no timetable for full restoration. In addition, the fire continues to burn actively. Overnight humidity recovery is expected to be poor and light winds continue to affect fire conditions. Until there is more information about how the fire will affect the region, residents should stay tuned for updates. And don’t forget to stay safe!
The Tamarack fire has increased in size and has become the largest wildfire in the state of Washington. It began on May 2 in an area near Crystal Springs, Washington. It has now burned nearly 45,000 acres. The fire’s containment level has been increased to 78%. The firefighting strategy continues to focus on full suppression by using natural barriers, limited fuels, and ground, aerial, and technological resources. Crews are working to protect homes and other structures and are addressing hot spots within the fire perimeter. The suppression repair team is continuing to patrol the area and continue to work on minimizing the fire’s impact on natural and cultural resources. The group is removing some hazard trees and will continue work on structures.
At one point, a mandatory evacuation was imposed for residents of Markleeville. While there were no structures destroyed, residents are encouraged to exercise caution and stay indoors. Smoke is expected to persist for weeks and may even burn through isolated fuels. Roadways are likely to be congested with firefighting equipment. The state park at Grover Hot Springs remains closed due to the fire’s impact. The fire is currently burning through mixed-fuel types such as pine-juniper, brush, and conifer.
Heavy smoke has covered much of the Northern California and Nevada countryside since the Tamarack Fire started July 14. The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm warning for Sunday from the California coast to northern Montana, and there’s a chance that new lightning could ignite the blaze. Last month, firefighters in California and Oregon said they were facing conditions more typical of late summer and early fall. The drought-stricken Western United States is experiencing severe fires that are burning for the third time in less than a month. More fires started in Oregon and California, and there have been numerous reports of new ones popping up.
The Tamarack Fire burned nearly 23,078 acres on July 4, and it is currently at 0% containment. Lightning ignited the fire over the Fourth of July holiday and the fire quickly spread. The fire is now at least 5 miles away from Highway 89 in Markleeville, California. The fire has remained active through the night, but there were still reports that it was near several homes and highways. A map of the fire’s perimeter was not available for this area because of cloud cover and smoke.
The Tamarack Fire has now grown to 50129 acres and has only four percent containment. Fire managers have been active on several fronts, including the U.S. 395 corridor and the southern edge of the fire. Because of reduced visibility, aircraft have been restricted from assisting with the fight against the fire. Additionally, the fire is threatening the adjacent Dixie Fire, and the area is expected to experience strong winds today.
The fire continues to burn across the state yesterday, with the fire threatening over two thousand homes in the area. The fire has consumed 58,417 acres and is only four percent contained. The fire has caused a major traffic disruption, forcing the closure of U.S. 395. Fire officials say it will continue to burn for some time, and that residents should keep an eye on fuel conditions. Those with valuables should contact the fire department immediately to ensure their safety.
The Carson Ranger District says the fire started as a result of a lightning strike. The Forest Service says there is no containment yet, and there are 50 firefighters on the fire. The fire is burning in timber and brush, with air tankers coating vegetation to slow its spread. The fire has destroyed three structures. A new fire is expected to break out in a few days. A new evacuation order is in effect. For now, residents are advised to evacuate.
The latest update from the U.S. Forest Service shows that the Tamarack Fire is nearly 28 percent contained. At this point, it has burned 66,744 acres, and firefighters are making steady progress on two fronts: the southern edge and the highway 395 corridor. Firefighters continue to work to contain the fire as it grows, and there are currently more than 1,300 residents evacuated in the area.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado County sheriff’s offices are offering assistance to local residents and businesses that have been affected by the fire. The Tamarack Fire began July 4 and is still burning. The fire is now nearly 45 percent contained, but some areas remain in danger. The community of Blue Lakes and the surrounding areas of Holbrook Junction/Highlands has been evacuated. The SR 4 corridor between Markleeville and Ebbetts remains under a Flash Flood Watch until 9 p.m.
On Thursday, Douglas County declared a state of emergency due to the fire. Firefighters are now deploying Super Scooper aircraft to the area. This move comes after more residents in these two areas were notified of the fire. Earlier, residents in Smith Valley and Holbrook had to evacuate due to high fire danger, but that was lifted on Sunday. Meanwhile, the fire is expected to be contained by Monday afternoon, but residents should prepare for road closures and the potential for flooding.
Residents in the Alpine County area should check local news websites to see what the latest updates are about the fire. It has grown to over 68,700 acres and is expected to be sixty-five percent contained by Aug. 31. The U.S. Forest Service is burning backfires to contain the fire and rainfall is aiding firefighting efforts. Currently, there are no evacuation orders in place, but residents may still be asked to leave their homes.
The Tamarack Fire burned nearly 68,000 acres and crossed U.S. 395 around 4 p.m. yesterday, near Holbrook Junction. Residents living near this area have been urged to evacuate. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has also set up evacuation centers in Gardnerville and along California 89, and has released a list of places where residents can go to recover from the fire. Residents should use one of these locations if they need to get supplies or find refuge.
For those in the Carson Valley and Washoe County, heavy smoke from the fire is likely to be a problem. Firefighters are using air attack to control the blaze and ground crews to lay out fire lines. Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, and East Fork Resort have been evacuated. In addition, the Evacuation Center in Gardnerville has been temporarily relocated to the Douglas County Senior Center.
The Tamarack Fire in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe and the Dixie Fire in California are creating bad air quality in the region. While both fires are currently contained, the smoke from both have increased the air quality in the region. The Tamarack Fire, which is 68,571 acres, is the largest in the U.S., at more than half contained. As of Friday morning, fire crews in the area were able to put out about a third of the fire. However, this was not enough to stop the fire from spreading. The fires have prompted a state of emergency in Douglas County, Nevada, and the surrounding areas.
Typically, the smoke from distant wildfires stays high in the atmosphere, so the East Coast was able to experience spectacular sunrises last year. But on Tuesday, the area experienced high levels of soot, which is a component of smoke. In the region, nine ground-level air monitoring stations reported elevated levels of soot, and officials issued health warnings for those in vulnerable groups. The soot containing particles can affect people with lung conditions and cardiovascular health. The particulate readings tripled in New Brunswick and doubled in Camden.
Governor Sisolak has declared a state of emergency in Douglas County, California, as the Tamarack Fire continues to burn. It has burned nearly 68,000 acres and is 45 percent contained, but the fire continues to threaten more than 2,700 homes in the region. On Monday, the fire was pushed over US-395 in Alpine County, and today, all road closures have been lifted, including U.S. 395.
As of Monday afternoon, the fire has grown to 66,744 acres and is only four percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters are actively engaging the fire edge on several fronts, including the US 395 corridor. The fire’s southern edge remains a priority. Fire managers are also attempting to fight a separate fire, the Dixie Fire, which is located to the north. Today’s windy conditions have impeded aircraft’s ability to reach the fire’s smoldering terrain.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office is escorting residents back into the evacuation zone. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has also announced that they will be escorting residents back in. The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office have released a statement advising people to follow the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office for updates on evacuations. However, as of 6:50 p.m. Sunday, there were no evacuation orders issued.